Bexley councillor says 'tick box death machine' comment taken out of context

PUBLISHED: 17:31 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:31 19 July 2013

A Bexley Conservative councillor says claims he called the NHS a 'tick box death machine' at a full council meeting were taken out of context.

Cllr John Davy said he was referring to Labour’s perceived obsession with meeting targets during their time and power.

He made the comments at a full council meeting last Wednesday (July 17), and says Labour’s policy put patients lives at risk.

Cllr Davy said: “Labour have blood on their hands and that’s what I was referring to.

“The NHS is a great institution and something we should be proud of, but Labour created a tick box culture and the health service is still struggling.”

Bexley Labour spokesperson for health, Cllr Gill MacDonald, said: “It’s a disgusting comment that attacks the hard working doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.

“They care for us and our families when they’re sick and to call them killers is a disgrace. John Davey should apologise.”

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